Term of Protection
Last updated: 08/06/2015
The duration of copyright varies according to the work involved.
70 yearsFor literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works it is 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the author dies (if there is more than one author it will be 70 years from the death of the last remaining author).
For anonymous works, the 70-year term is counted instead from the year the work was first made available to the public. The work may be used freely once the term of protection has expired.
50 yearsThe term of protection for photographic image lasts for 50 years after its production year. In addition, if the picture can be considered an artistic work, protection applies under normal copyright rules and then extends to 70 years from the year of the photographer’s death.
In order to be considered an artistic work, the image must have a certain individuality, originality and distinctive character, meaning that two persons would not be able to create the same image independently from one another.